Clinical Yarning eLearning program improving communication in Aboriginal health care

Good communication between clinicians and patients is the foundation of high-quality health care, however cultural and language differences between clinicians and patients can make this challenging at times.

Aboriginal health is not just physical wellbeing but refers to the social, emotional, and cultural wellbeing of the whole community. To improve the quality and cultural security of care for Aboriginal patients and their families, the WA Centre of Rural Health at the University of Western Australia has launched the Clinical Yarning eLearning program.

WA Centre for Rural Health Clinical Yarning trainers, Wanda Flanagan, Dr Ivan Lin and Trevor Pickett in Geraldton, Western Australia.

The Clinical Yarning eLearning program provides clinicians with skills and tools to enhance clinical communication with Aboriginal patients. It is based on the research yarning framework developed by Professor Dawn Bessarab.

Clinical yarning is a style of communication that enables health clinicians to engage with Aboriginal patients in a way that is culturally appropriate and friendly.

For further information on Clinical Yarning:

Visit the website

Watch the video Clinical Yarning Introduction

Read the paper Yarn with me: applying clinical yarning to improve clinician–patient communication in Aboriginal health care

This initiative is supported by WA Primary Health Alliance under the Australian Government’s Primary Health Networks Program.